For much of the Midwest, the past two weeks have involved seeking shelter from one storm after another. While our family has been spared any of the most severe incidents, we’ve watched, often horrified, as friends have had to leave their homes, unsure whether there would be anything to which they might return.
The day we shot these pictures was no exception. I had watched the weather forecast for days and was of the opinion that we had scheduled during the one brief window that would occur that morning. I arrived early and walked through the location, just in case the previous night’s weather had created any problems, and determining the best angles from which to shoot. While conditions were not optimal, I felt we could get some decent editorial shots done before either the sun was too high or more rain moved in.
Emily arrived a few minutes early, which is always impressive the first time we work with someone, but the very second she stepped from her car a heavy downpour hit, forcing us both to retreat. Fortunately, it didn’t last but about three minutes. Still, it was enough to alter the conditions for where we were shooting. There were puddles where there had been no puddles. Surfaces that had been dry were now wet and slippery.
The benefit was that shooting around natural elements gave a sense of freshness to everything. Okay, so the sun was in Emily’s eyes more than I would have liked. Even with all the squinting, there’s still a sense of newness to this late Spring morning.
Topping it all off, as we neared a sandy area of the lake, a lone duckling appeared from behind a fallen tree and swam near us the entire time, close enough to elicit smiles, far enough away to avoid capture.
As ferocious as some of the storms have been this week, there remains a beautiful peace afterward that provides the opportunity, if we take it, to regroup, examine our place on the planet, and hopefully see the beauty that remains.
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